The Miami Herald
The 11-member search committee made its decision early Tuesday, and the choice was ratified by the troupe’s executive board, called the Board of Governors, which is empowered to oversee and make decisions for the ballet. A company spokesperson said there was “intense discussion” over the decision. Seven committee members voted in favor of Lopez, and two for Kronenberg. The committee, which had been meeting since last fall, included four members of the Board of Governors, two people from the troupe’s regular board of trustees, two dancers, Villella, executive director Nicholas Goldsborough and a community representative.
Born in Havana and raised in Miami, Lopez started taking ballet lessons at age 5. She moved to New York at age 14 to devote herself to dance full-time at the New York City Ballet's dance school.
Lopez joined the corps de ballet at the New York City Ballet at age 16 and became a principal dancer there in 1984. After retiring from the ballet in 1996, Lopez led the George Balanchine Foundation and co-founded the Cuban Artists Fund, which supports Cuban and Cuban-American artists.
Upon retirement, Lopez joined WNBC-TV in New York as a Cultural Arts reporter, writing and producing feature segments on the arts, artists and arts education. She was also a full-time senior faculty member and Director of Student Placement, Student Evaluation and Curriculum Planning at New York’s Ballet Academy East.